Our Christmas '09

Christmas this year was super laid back and so, so nice! I got really excited so I woke Cory up earlier than planned and we started opening our presents. We got Mario Kart for Wii and a couple wheels as our combined present. I also got him Lego Star Wars for Wii, some movies, a neck massager (it's awesome!), and a digital thermometer and weather forecaster. He got me some clothes, a Utah Utes license plate cover, more home gym equipment, a small water fountain, and he made me these incredible roses out of metal:

He didn't have time to polish and paint them and he still wants to do that, but I love them either way. I'm so lucky to be married to someone so talented.

Each year we also get each other a new ornament for the tree. He picked the abominable snowman from Rudolph, and he got me a U of U ornament.

Then we headed upstairs and opened presents with his family. It was fun to know we actually could afford to get his family decent presents this year. It was a good year. We also LOVED our presents from his family. We hung out and played board games and Shirleen made a really good lunch. After a couple hours we decided to pry our butts of the couch and go open presents with my family. My parents got a new TV for their kitchen and a blue ray player so most of the afternoon consisted of watching everyone try and set them up. Then my mom made a yummy dinner and we laid around like beached whales until we decided to go home. It was a great day. I say this a lot, but spending time with family is one of my favorite things.

In light of New Years, I've been thinking really hard about making resolutions that I can achieve. I've come up with the following so far:
1. Be positive
2. Continue to pray and read scriptures with Cory every night
3. Get a 4.0
4. Place in a 5k race ( I may not make this one, but I'm going to try...)
5. Run a 10k
6. Read a classic novel
7. Read the Book of Mormon as least twice
8. Make 3 new friends
9. Pay for someone's dinner
10. Be more willing to help
11. Try my best to help people embrace the gospel

Some of them are still a little vague, but I figure specific goals would be more achievable. I'm really trying to focus on the only things that matter in life, the gospel, family, and friends. But I also threw a few in there to keep me from getting bored or to help me be more successful. I have a good feeling about this year. There's many exciting choices to be made. Goodbye 2009! :)


Keepin' it Real

I used to tell a lot of lies when I was younger so I just wanted to set the record straight:
I touched an alcoholic beverage ONCE when I was in elementary school and someone left an open beer bottle on the playground and we picked it up to take it to the Duty. Other than that, I've never consumed it or touched it since. EVER. I have never even seen real drugs except for during the D.A.R.E. programs at school, much less done any. I've been to one "party" with alcohol, and it wasn't even a party, my neighbors in college were all drinking and I was present for a short amount of time. I am going to admit I wasn't even entirely sure of the details of sex until I graduated high school. Then I was told too much. I didn't go to Utah State because it's a "party" school, I went because it was far enough away that I could move out and be on my own, and close enough I could still drive home on weekends. That, and Lisa was attending. I've had friends ever since I can remember that were inactive or that made poor choices and I've been guilty by association to many because of that. Well, I'm clean people. I'm not a rebel. And most of my trustworthy and loyal friends are NOT Mormon. I've met some great people who have respected my standards and I will always continue to do so. Record, are you straight yet?



After busting my butt all semester, I finally got my grades back. I got an A and an A- for a GPA of 3.85. YAY!! I'm pretty happy. I just need to keep the trend going, especially when I transfer to the U.


Information Overload!

I have been a major slacker with blogging lately. I'd like to say that I have an excuse, and I could use finals for some of it, but the fact is... there is no reason. So I'm about to overload you with information and updates. First off... Halloween. We had a great time. I wanted to post my two favorite pictures of the kids:
Brock was a little Monkey

And Bradlee was the most beautiful butterfly in the world:

Then life got boring...
We spent Thanksgiving in Idaho with Cory's family. It was fun hanging out with everyone. And Rhonda is such an amazing cook, everything we ate was from scratch. It was delicious! Then things got boring one more time and we dove into finals week and barely made it out alive. Then this week, we went to go see the Zoo Lights for the first time. They're pretty awesome, but it was only 10 degrees so it was flippin' cold!!!
Here we are with some lights:

Brock seems a little tired...

The awesome thing about going in the winter and at night is the cats are out and about. All the other animals have mysteriously disappeared which makes for kind of an eerie setting. However, the cats are still watch-able. We got to see the cougars (I hated typing that word... just so you know...) and they even did their cry/growl/roar thing for us. It was awesome. Then we got to play with the snow leopard cub. Cory would put his hand up to the glass and the cub would chase it and even jump up to try and catch it. It was so awesome!! I waited for 2 hours to upload a video of it but it still wasn't done. You'll have to check it out on Facebook. It was an incredible experience. Here he is with the cub, so freaking cute! It has it's paw up to Cory's hand:

Here's us again. We're loading with layers. Cory looked like he gained about 20 pounds haha!

Buddy, the adorable Eskimo:

The three tiger cubs we awesome, too. One was right up against the fence. Cory would blow in it's face and make it hiss at him. It was rad.

Brock again:

Tyler and Bradlee looking at the monkey's:

Apparently not everyone was on board for acting like a total fag in this picture... lame wads.

Here's Tory, looking pretty as always:

And apparently my Dad weighs the same as a new born elephant...

Bradlee kept worrying about Cory the whole time and would get upset when he'd walk away from us, which he does a lot. When we went into the reptile enclosure and he wasn't there, she started crying for him and went to him with arms open when he came in. It was the sweetest thing ever. Then she went around the whole place with him so he could show her the animals. He's going to be a great dad some day:

Brock checking out the animals:

So in conclusion to that episode, the Zoo Lights are fun, but go on a warmer night.

We received some awesome news yesterday. Cory got a letter in the mail that told him he was chosen for the Kennecott scholarship!!!! We're so excited!! I couldn't be happier for him :). They'll send him a check at the end of this month to pay for school and supplies, and then when the spring semester is coming to a close and he graduates, they'll contact him about working out there. We're thrilled. This could mean so many great opportunities to come :)

Also, yesterday, Cory's cousin Landon came home from his mission in Hong Kong. I'd only met him once, so going to the ariport was kind of weird, but his family was so excited and Sharon was so cute about it that I was excited for them. It'll be good to have him home and to get to know him. I want to learn more about Hong Kong, it sounds incredible!!

Lastly, for the Holiday spirit, I wanted to leave you with a little joke:

Johnny and his mom went to see Santa at the mall. When Johnny got up to Santa, he kicked him in the leg as hard as he could. Santa was irritated and said,
"What did you do that for? Do you have any idea who I am?"
Johnny replied,
"Yes, you're Santa. Do you have any idea who I am?"
"No," said Santa.
"Good, " said Johnny, and ran away.



So, I've been wanting a nativity set to put up for a while now but most of the good ones are pretty pricey. We were at walmart yesterday and they sell individual pieces of the nativity for $2 a piece. We started rummaging through the selections but we were having trouble finding a baby Jesus and Joseph that weren't black.... Yes, they offer a black nativity. Nothing against blacks in the slightest, we just wanted a nativity that was historically accurate. Anyway, we decided to hold off and go to seagul book for another gift on our list. And guess what we found? I finally got myself a cute nativity that was $15!! Yay!
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